Teenagers charged with Stureby murder

Two Stockholm teenagers have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl who was found in a wooded area in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June.

Teenagers charged with Stureby murder

On Friday, a 16-year-old boy was charged with the murder of another teenage girl at the beginning of the summer. Another 16-year-old girl was charged with incitement to murder.

According to the suit, the boy allegedly killed the girl by pressing his hands, one arm, a knee and tree branch against her throat until she lost consciousness and stopped breathing. He is also accused of kicking her body.

The female defendant was engaged to the boy. On several occasions, she gave him an ultimatum that she would break up with him if he didn’t murder the 15-year-old. She sent him several text messages to that effect.

The boy described how he went out into the forest with the victim to talk about their relationship. He was angry at her because she had told friends that they were together.

According to the boy, the victim was sitting on a stone when she revealed she had told several people about their relationship. Then he picked up a stick and hit her in the back of the head. When she asked him what he was doing, he attacked her and got a stranglehold around her neck.

He testified that when he let go and started to leave the scene, the girl made a sound. He picked up a larger branch and pressed it against her throat, then kicked her twice in the stomach.

The boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter while the girl denies the charges. She testified that the text messages encouraging the boy to murder the 15-year-old were a “game” and that she never believed he would actually do it.

“I told him that we would be together again if he did it, but I only said it because I never thought he would actually do it,” the girl stated during the preliminary investigation, which has now been made public.

In her account of the events, she repeated several times that she didn’t think murder was realistic because she didn’t think the boy was capable of killing the other girl.

She said that the boy called her and said “now I’ve done it.” She asked him what he meant, and he said he had killed the 15-year-old.

When asked how she felt then, the girl said she was in shock. “I didn’t know what to say. He was out of breath because he had been running. He also sounded kind of scared.”

In June, the 15-year-old girl was found in a wooded area in Stureby by two friends shortly before 1am on a Saturday night. Seriously wounded at the time, the girl was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries. She had been at a party with friends celebrating her ninth grade graduation.

Several hours later, the two 16-year-old were arrested on suspicions of murder.

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Germany’s youth ‘have lost their sense of fun’, study finds

Whereas previous generations were influenced by punk, techno and other subcultures, the modern German teenager is already dreaming of settling down in the suburbs, according to researchers.

Germany's youth 'have lost their sense of fun', study finds
Two teen skateboarders in Dresden in April 2018. Photo: DPA

The researchers behind the Sinus-Youth Study 2020 noted that “health is an ever more important issue” for German teens.

“Glamour, fun or the fulfilment of consumer desires play a less important role in the lives of participants than they did a few years ago” the study found.

“Instead, 'normal' goals like finishing school, the maintaining friendships and spending time with family seem to be important.

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The researchers conducted repeat interviews with 72 teenagers. While the results cannot be considered representative, the depth of the study is unparalleled in German youth research.

Unlike their parents’ generation, the youth of today no longer sees pop stars like David Bowie as their inspiration. “They are much more likely to name someone who they know personally as a major influence.”

Sub-cultures are disappearing, the study notes, as ever more youth aspire to a “mainstream” life built around family, children and a solid but unspectacular job.

Although the 600-page report concludes that “somewhere along the line the concept of fun seems to have been lost,” the word Spaß (fun) is mentioned throughout.

But whereas Spaß once meant hedonism or rebellion, these days it is “Spaß am Lernen” (fun in learning) and “Spaß an der Arbeit” (fun at work) that are the top priorities for many kids.

“Teenagers have an ever more serious and realistic view of the world and its problems,” the study says. “They are concerned – even afraid.”

Top on the list of Weltschmerzen that the German youth are feeling is fear over climate change. They feel that their point of view is not taking seriously enough by older generations, who they see as doing too little to tackle the issue.

“The zeitgeist among teens is both green and conservative,” the study says.

Concerns were also raised among participants about migration and the polarising debate around it.

Many have a nuanced view of this issue, and are more likely to point out positives and negatives than those interviewed for the last study in 2016.

At the same time they fear a rise in hate speech. The ideals of solidarity, and self-sacrifice and modesty were mentioned prominently by participants.

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